The Mustangs have to be one of the most interesting blues bands you will find. Every one of their albums is crammed with different blues styles, and then they throw in great lyrics and melodies, and this album is full of them.
The sound on 'Shaman' is bigger and richer then before, and it seems they have spent more time on production, because it sounds awesome - very deep and rich in texture. Of course, it's a blues album - but in that mad Mustangs way, which means you are never quite sure what you are going to get; I can hear all kinds of influences on here - Robert Cray, Bo Diddly, JJ Cale - and some unclassifiable sort of Prog Blues, such as on the superb 'Monkey On Your Back' and 'The Chancer'.
There are loads of classic Mustangs moments - the brilliant opener 'The Line' and the great rocker 'Cracking Up' but it also has 'Find Your Love' - a really dark, intense blues song about yearning and uncertainty. It sounds incredible and may be my favourite song of theirs ever.
Six albums down the line, the Mustangs are still coming up with really, really good records. How are these guys not better known?!?